10 "not" for the owner of the cat
Often, in order to maintain order in the house, we are strict in relation to our favorites. They cannot urinate past the tray, they cannot sharpen their claws on our beautiful furniture, they cannot sing songs at four in the morning, and so on. But sometimes, out of ignorance, we ourselves do harm to our pets. And then, sitting at the reception with the veterinarian, we are very worried and scold ourselves. To prevent this, it is important to know a few simple rules for caring for your cat. So what can a cat owner not do?
1. You can’t beat a cat
The first ban is no violence! Remember, cats cannot be trained, so the carrot and stick method is not for them. They are also very smart, stubborn and vengeful.
Although, of course, a lot depends on the nature of the cat. There are warrior cats. If you scream at them or even beat them, then most likely they will do everything the other way, in vain. There will be no end to this battle and, believe me, you will not win in it.
And there are cats with a very gentle nature. They feel sorry for the most. They are in the case of the slightest aggression on your part are very scared and clogged somewhere under the bed. The owners then say about such cats: "She's absolutely wild." But ask yourself why you have it like that?
The only true option in dealing with a cat is to always be calm and patient. Cats love affection very much (and you and I, too). If you treat your kitty well, then she will become your friend, companion, and interlocutor. Otherwise - make a fierce enemy.
By the way, you can’t dunk a cat or a cat with a nose into a puddle, all the same there will be no sense. You do not accustom them to the tray in such a barbaric way!
2. You cannot drag a cat by the tail
Cats cannot be pulled or pulled by the tail. Categorically! But this is problematic when there are small children in the house. Very often they play like that with a pet. Therefore, they need to be explained that this cannot be done. Why?
The thing is that the tail is part of the spine of a cat. About how important the spine is for a person and how dangerous his injuries are, we all know from school. It’s also dangerous for animals to damage it.
In the tail there are a lot of nerve fibers, which are an extension of the spinal cord. Just like in humans, the vertebrae can be displaced one relative to the other or even broken. Just imagine what will happen then! A cat can even be paralyzed.
3. Do not squeeze a cat
Squeezing a cat, it is possible to damage or break something, this is especially true for kittens in which bones and joints are still just forming.
4. You can’t feed a cat with human food
Our food is not good for a cat. Recently I met my neighbor, who told me from the bottom of her heart how she takes good care of her pet: “So I cook myself millet porridge in milk with pumpkin, half to myself, and half to the cat.”
I was sad at these words. Cats should not eat our food. It is too salty for them, too fat, etc. Even if you say: “I don’t salt a lot,” do you still salt? For you it is not much, but for them it is a lot.
Now there is a huge selection of various feeds - both dry and canned. They are all different in price, there is a premium class, there are cheaper ones. If you do not want to feed your cat with all this, then cook for it separately. It should be balanced and cat-friendly food. You can brew them oatmeal with fish or meat. This is a bit troublesome, but quite real.
Sometimes the owners do not skimp on expensive dry food for their kitty, but at the same time treat it with leftovers from their table. “She herself wanted to?” - some say. Or: “Cats themselves will not do badly!” No, they will not. But even such perfect creatures sometimes want something like that.
In a special feed, all substances are balanced - proteins, proteins, vitamins, minerals are in exactly the proportions that are needed for the health of the cat. And what happens if you additionally stuff it with something? That's right, this balance is upset. Then she will start to get something very much, and something very quickly will begin to be removed from her body. So it can reach allergic reactions.
Therefore, if you want a healthy cat, you can’t feed it with your own food, dry food or canned cat food.
5. You can’t treat a cat with medicine from his first-aid kit.
Some of our medicines may be suitable for cats. But there are those that are poison. For example, it was a discovery for me when a veterinarian friend warned me that all paracetamol-based drugs, even in scanty amounts, could send a cat to the next world. By the way, this was told to me so that I would hide my migraine medications away from them.
In addition, compare our body weight with cats. Even if some antibiotic is suitable, how do you calculate the dose relative to its weight?
Now there are many drugs for cats and dogs, antibiotics for their treatment. Therefore, there is no need to give them something “human”. And there is no need to self-medicate. This is bad to do in the case of a person who can tell where and how it hurts. But the cat will not even tell you this!
Therefore, if your pet suddenly refused food, became apathetic, etc., it is best to immediately contact a veterinarian. Indeed, modern clinics are now equipped with all the necessary diagnostic facilities. There she will be tested and X-rayed, and all the necessary procedures.
6. It is impossible to tame a kitten to play with hands
But sometimes you really want to tinker with this lump while it lies on your lap! Give him a bit to bite himself, tear his claws ... After all, he is still so small, not sharp, and his paws are soft. And it doesn’t hurt you at all. This is for now!
The kitten will grow very quickly. You will not notice how his fangs will become large and sharp, like sabers, and his claws - prickly, like a cactus. And when he wants to bite you a little and pick his claws, at least a little bit - this will no longer be cute fun. Or even worse - it will begin to hunt for your poor hands! What did you expect? This is a predator! It will be difficult to wean a cat or cat from this habit.
From the very beginning, as the kitten was brought home, play with it with anything, but not with your own hands. So that later he would not have such associations. Use different toys, do not draw attention to your hands.
7. Do not wash your cat every day
Sometimes especially clean owners are too keen on it. It seems to them that it is right to wash kittens or already adult cats, like children, almost every day.
An adult cat is generally not recommended to wash. She does it very well herself. There are long-haired breeds that have to be washed after going to the tray, but this is perhaps the exception. In this case, only those places can be washed.
Kittens are washed only if necessary. When he got very dirty and when there is no mom nearby, so that she licks him. It should be remembered that the temperature of the cat is higher than ours. And you need not to catch a kitten during bathing, protect it from drafts and then dry it thoroughly in a towel.
For swimming, you must use specialized shampoos, whether it be an adult cat or a kitten. After the animal can be dried with a hairdryer, unless, of course, it is not afraid of it.
Frankly, all my cats and cats (I have 19 of them!) Are afraid of this device. But my friend dries her long-haired cat only with a hairdryer, and he really likes it, and he himself substitutes one side or the other.
8. Do not attempt to get anything out of the cat.
If you notice any foreign object sticking out of the cat’s mouth or under the tail, you can’t pull anything from there! It can be a swallowed bag, a thread, your hair, a New Year’s rain (because of the danger to my cats, I refused it for many years), etc.
Do not attempt to get it. Go immediately to the veterinarian, he has special equipment, an endoscope, etc. He will see the whole picture in full. Otherwise, you may damage something in the cat, its insides. You do not know how far and far everything is entangled there.
9. Do not cut cat mustache
The cat or cat’s mustache is not a mustache at all, but very important sensory organs - vibrissae. With their help, cats are guided at night. And they do not bother them at all. So it’s better to take care of your own beauty, and leave the cat alone!
10. Do not close interior doors
This is not so much a ban as a recommendation. Cats do not like closed doors. I can only advise them to keep open. Otherwise, you will become a doorman for your favorite.
You can, of course, and so. But sometimes it seems to me that they deliberately start going here and there and all the time asking them to open the door. It seems to entertain them.
Dear readers! In the article, I talked about 10 "not" for the owners of the cat, which I observe myself in dealing with these beautiful animals. Did you miss something? I would be glad to comment on enthusiastic cat-like people to the article.